What the Web Could Have Been
April 18, 2017
Before the web, Gopher offered a way to connect to the Internet and share documents. And if things had gone a little differently, it might even be what we use to surf information today.
A Tale of Two Standards
April 17, 2017
It was 2004, and Ian Hickson had just got out of a W3C workshop organized by Adobe. The topic was how to use web standards to address the growing needs of web applications and developers. Hickson pushed hard to simply extend HTML, the existing markup language of the web, rather than invent something entirely new. Others […]
The Rise of CSS
April 10, 2017
The web’s history is filled to the brim with stops and starts and wrong turns. It is a technology that was, after all, designed and built by a shifting and growing community. And every once in a while, that community needs a spark to inspire change. I’d like to point out two such moments, which […]
Purple, Obama, and Single Serving Websites
March 27, 2017
Over the years, the web has assumed a few forms. That of a technological catalyst, a representation of the the times, a community ground. But it also can be very weird, and quite silly. That’s probably how we got single serving sites. Single serving sites follow a pattern that’s probably familiar to you. The site […]
How We Searched Before Search
March 20, 2017
Believe it or not, there was a time before search engines. Discovery on the web was far more difficult. It was easy to get lost. That is, until a few different people created a map.
Why Batman Forever is so Important for the Web
March 13, 2017
You may have heard the name Jeffrey Zeldman before. He’s often referred to as the godfather of the web, and in the early 2000’s he was a major force behind the Web Standards Project. But Zeldman started his career in advertising, and wound up at Grey Entertainment in the mid-90s. It was Alec Pollak who […]
The Origin of the IMG Tag
March 7, 2017
Why is it the <img> tag instead of the <image> tag? The answer, it turns out, dates back to one of the web’s earliest browsers and one of the web’s earliest discussions.
When Rotuma Came to the Web
February 27, 2017
The web distributes access, access to information, and access to one another. Access on the web is what brings us to small island off the coast of Fiji, where web pioneers forged a unique community.
A Brief History of Hypertext
February 20, 2017
Hypertext simply means text that links to other text. It’s a concept that predates the web by several decades, though experiments with hypertext inspired its creation.
The Web After Suck
February 13, 2017
In 1995, Josh Quittner had big plans. He was launching his new site, Netly News as part of Pathfinder, Time Inc’s heavily trafficked web portal. He wanted it to be big. Like change-journalism-on-the-web big. He certainly had the experience. Quittner was one of a few journalists familiarizing themselves with a new spirit of digital publishing. […]
The Many Faces (And Names) of Mozilla
February 6, 2017
The rich history of Mozilla and Firefox is one that I imagine I’ll be coming back to from time to time. There’s a lot to cover. For me, the most intriguing way to take a look through Mozilla’s history is to track each time its name has changed. There have been more than a few. […]